“There are a lot of issues that face our community, but the majority of them could be drastically reduced if we would just become a community of good neighbours.” Bob Frie, Mayor of Arvada
Our society is becoming more and more insular and isolated. Certain things stop face to face interaction:
- Computers – internet allows you to do almost everything from your sofa
- Taking the car to shops/school instead of walking
It takes an effort to change this. It just takes one person to smile. It takes one person to welcome a new person into their home. It takes one person to start talking to others. And whoever that one person is, in my mind, they are a leader. They are starting something new, using initiative, making a choice to change things, using influence – all hallmarks of a leader.
But don’t wait for someone else to step up – challenge yourself to take one step into the unknown. I heard a story today that reminded me about how simple the step can be.
An older man loved to grow sunflowers. He would grow them every year in the front verge outside his house. His was part of a long verge running across the front of all his neighbours houses along the street. Over the years, a few people would smile or comment about the tall, large, bright yellow flowers. This year, the man decided to do things a little differently. He asked his neighbours if he could plant sunflowers in front of their homes too. They agreed. So instead of planting 10-12 sunflowers this year, over 100 are being planted. The street has a common “project” and people have begun to talk to each other. Now, that’s the start of community.
Community is about caring for each other, being there for others, spending time and investing in people. Community is a rare thing but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s start to make a change so that “health” instead of “issues” are found in our towns and cities.
What stories have you been a part of that sparked a change in your community?
What would you say was important within community?
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